The great American
evangelist Charles Finney once said, "The time has come
for honest men to take consistent ground in politics... God cannot
sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray
for, unless the church will take right ground. Politics are a
part of religion in a country such as this, and Christians must
do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God. God
will bless or curse this country according the course Christians
take in politics."
What does God think
about mixing religion and politics? To start with, Jesus said
He is our "King" (Matthew
27:11) and the Bible says the "government
will be upon His shoulders" (Isaiah
9:6-7). And Jesus is destined to "rule the
nations with a rod of iron" (Revelation
19:15). I don't think God could get anymore involved in government
Next, consider the
fact that the first three-fourths of your Bible is Old Testament.
The Old Testament is mostly accounts of the rise, reign, and fall
of various Kings along with the prophets God sent to speak
to the Kings (as well as the people) about their national conduct.
There were good kings like David, there were bad kings like Ahab,
and there were plots and efforts of kings to gain power, stay
in office, and other political maneuvering. And there was the
mass exodus of a nation of people fleeing from a bad king in Egypt
(which covered several books of the Bible).
God saw fit to nearly
fill our Bible with a thousand years of such "political"
activity when He certainly could have limited it to a few pages
as examples and been done with it! Why did He choose to make well
over half of your Bible full of issues related to government?
Because God is a relevant God, and He knows that the condition
of your government (that is, who is in leadership) will profoundly
affect your life. Those that we put in leadership will "make
our future" from the local school board, city council,
mayor, county leaders, state government leaders, Congressmen,
Supreme Court judges, all the way to the President.
The apostle Paul
wrote in 1st
Corinthians 6:4, "If then you have law courts dealing
with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are
of no account in the church?" Paul clearly implied that Christians
should "vote" for those who have the most respect in
the church. And I believe we will all stand before the judgment
seat of Christ and be rewarded (or experience the loss of reward)
for what we did in this life. "So then each of us shall
give an account of himself to God." (Romans
14:12). I dare say that will include how we voted.
Some people assert
that the church and Christians should not get involved in "political"
issues of the government. Actually, any issue that deals with
morality (abortion, homosexuality, gambling, etc.) and spirituality
(prayer in public places, the Bible in schools, etc.) is actually
the domain of the church and it is government that should
stay out of it! This is the way it was in all of the Christian
world for almost 2,000 years. It is only in about the last 40
years that the leaders of our government have decided to jump
into religious issues (mainly to suppress morality and spirituality)
and start calling them "political issues."
Just because the
government passes a law related to a moral or spiritual issue
does not mean the church (Christians) can no longer address those
issues or try to get involved to change them. In fact, it was
our American founding fathers' desire to keep the government as
limited as possible especially when it came to moral and
spiritual issues. The very first amendment to our constitution
says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment
of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
The very first concern of those who created our government was
that the free exercise of Christianity (the religion they knew
and brought to America) should not be changed by the government!
The only way that
Christianity could be negatively impacted by the government would
be for un-Godly people to get into positions of power and authority.
And this is exactly what has happened in America.
people were in the leadership of our country. John Adams was the
second president of America, and the first occupant of the newly
constructed White House. President Adams authored an inscription
which he had engraved into the marble facing of the fireplace
mantle of the State Dining Room. It reads, "I pray Heaven
to Bestow the Best of Blessings on THIS HOUSE and on All that
shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever
rule under this Roof."
I went to Washington
D.C. in 1999 to pray over the three branches of our government.
I was able to get access into the White House, and went to this
very State Dining Room. I saw this inscription as I laid hands
on the walls praying for the Executive branch of our government.
I also went to the
Supreme Court building where the 10 Commandments are inscribed
in the stone of the building. I laid hands on the door posts and
prayed for the Supreme Court.
Last, I went to the
Capitol building where scriptures are also engraved and a giant
painting of the baptism by John the Baptist adorns the wall of
the main rotunda. (In fact, a church used the House of Representatives
for Sunday services in the 1800's. The congregation numbered nearly
2,000 people and the pastor preached from the platform of the
Speaker of the House.) I felt led by the Holy Spirit to pray for
the Congress in an unusual, out of the way part of the building.
After I returned to Tulsa with a book about how the Capitol building
was constructed, I discovered that the place which I stood to
pray was the very first section constructed of the huge, complex
series of buildings that are joined together to make our Capitol.
The original structure that I prayed in first housed the Senate,
House of Representatives, and Supreme Court in the year 1800!
I prayed over the literal foundations of the original Capitol
This nation once
had Godly leaders. It is our generation (if you count 40 years
as a generation) that has allowed leaders into positions to begin
dismantling Christianity. You and I are part of that generation!
I don't know about you, but I don't want to stand before God someday
and stick my hands in my pockets and be looking at my shuffling
feet in shame over inactivity and apathy while my nation
went to Hell!
It is a statistical
fact that over 90% of all missionaries (and money spent on missions)
has come from America. So it is no wonder that Satan has wanted
to undermine and destroy our Christianity. And this underscores
the importance of you and I doing all we can to restore Godliness
to this nation. Quite simply, all that has to be done is to reverse
the actions and processes that caused the decline. And the practical
way to accomplish that is to vote men and women into authority
who will arrest the moral decay. We also need to pray and fast,
and pray for the salvation of those already in various positions.
But in our form of government, it is your vote that puts leaders
there or removes them!
And we must vote
by Christian principles not according to which politician
is promising to do the most for you or me personally. Satan promised
Eve "wisdom" if she would just "vote" for
the devil! And 2nd
Corinthians 11:14 says that the devil sometimes "disguises
himself as an angel of light." We cannot vote
for who "manages their image" the best. We must analyze
where every man or woman stands on Christian issues, and evaluate
their personal character.
The Old Testament
Jews had civil duties they were supposed to fulfill. Please do
your part as a New Testament Christian to fulfill your civic responsibilities
through practical action and spiritual warfare prayer to change
our nation for God! Be a part of this Holy cause. There is a whole
"world" of people out there whose spiritual destiny
is depending on you.
Doing my part,
P.S. If you
believe in what Judi and I are doing for the Body of Christ (and
our nation in general), send an offering this
month to help our ministry financially. Our finances had a summer
slump and our ministry needs a boost upward! We also ask for your
prayers on a regular basis. We are fighting the good fight of
faith for God's Kingdom every day. Thank you!